Searching for And Evaluating Admission Decisions

Well, boys and girls (and Moms and Dads), it’s fast coming to that time of year. College admission decisions will be arriving in a month or so. It looks like the Regular Decision response dates of schools have started to creep into March, departing the formerly traditional early-April date. I haven’t done any deep research as to why the date is migrating into March, but my personal feeling is that one or two of the “top” schools decided to release its decisions earlier and the the others, fearing to be one-upped, moved their dates too. That’s just my opinion, mind you, but in the cutthroat world of college admissions, any edge can be crucial in snagging top applicants.

I imagine that if a top school releases its acceptances earlier than its competing colleges, that would be a significant psychological impetus for an applicant to enroll, since that acceptance would be his or her first. You know the old marketing saying: It’s better to be first than it is to be better. Accordingly, if a college sent out its acceptances first, before other schools, that could very well appear also to be “better” in the eyes of eager applicants. However, most savvy applicants wait until they have all their acceptance eggs in one basket, so to speak, before they make their enrollment decision.

In the world of college admissions, can there be too much of a good thing? Sometimes. If you’re a high school senior who applied to college this year, as I mentioned above, you will know in a month or so (mid-to-late March) who has accepted you (and, unfortunately, who hasn’t).  Some of you may even get into every school where you applied. If so, congratulations in advance!

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